Roman Catholic Diocese of Innsbruck

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Innsbruck (Latin: Dioecesis Oenipontanus) is a Latin rite suffragan diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan of Salzburg (in western Austria), covering the Bundesland (state) Tyrol.

Diocese of Innsbruck

Dioecesis Oenipontanus

Diözese Innsbruck
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Country Austria
Ecclesiastical provinceSalzburg
MetropolitanArchdiocese of Salzburg
Area9,845 km2 (3,801 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2016)
388,552 (70.1%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedDecember 8, 1968
CathedralCathedral of St James
Patron saintSaint Peter Canisius
Current leadership
BishopHermann Glettler
Metropolitan ArchbishopFranz Lackner
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Website of the Diocese

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Innsbruck Cathedral, dedicated to Saint James, in the city of Innsbruck.
It also has four Minor basilicas : Herz-Jesu-Basilika, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Hall in Tirol; St. Michael, in Absam; Unsere Liebe Frau von der Unbefleckten Empfängnis, Immaculate Conception, in Wilten and Zisterzienserkirche, Cistercian monastery in Stams.



As per 2014, it pastorally served 395,490 Catholics (72.8% of 543,173 total) on 9,845 km² in 243 parishes and 49 missions with 344 priests (193 diocesan, 151 religious), 64 deacons, 803 lay religious (246 brothers, 557 sisters) and 6 seminarians.

Episcopal OrdinariesEdit

(al Roman rite)

Apostolic Administrators of Innsbruck – Feldkirch
  • Sigismund Waitz (born Italy) (1921–1938), Titular Bishop of Cibyra (1913.05.09 – 1934.12.17), previously Auxiliary Bishop of Diocese of Brixen (Italy) (1913.05.09 – 1934.12.17); later Metropolitan Archbishop of Salzburg (Austria) ([1934.12.10] 1934.12.17 – death 1941.10.30)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Franz Tschann (born Italy) (1936.08.08 – retired 1955.10.01), Titular Bishop of Panium (1936.08.08 – death 1956.10.10)
  • Paulus Rusch (1938.10.15 – 1964.08.06 see below) (born Germany), Titular Bishop of Lycopolis (1938.10.15 – 1947.12.09); next Titular Bishop of Meloë in Isauria (1947.12.09 – 1964.09.26)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Bruno Wechner (1954.12.31 – 1968.12.09), Titular Bishop of Cartennæ (1954.12.31 – 1968.12.09); later first Bishop of daughter see Feldkirch (Austria) (1968.12.09 – retired 1989.01.21), died 1999
Suffragan Bishops of Innsbruck

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Coordinates: 47°16′10″N 11°23′39″E / 47.2694°N 11.3942°E / 47.2694; 11.3942